Gilberto Suarez Reportedly Enters Guilty Plea for Smuggling of Yasiel Puig

Gilberto Suarez entered a guilty plea on Tuesday for his role in the illegal smuggling of Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig. Suarez pleaded guilty to an alien smuggling conspiracy charge.   The Associated Press reported the news (h/t CBSSports.com's Matt Snyder), and court documents showed that Suarez accepted a $2.5 million fee for his role as a financier in delivering Puig to the U.S. from Cuba in 2012.Jesse Katz, who penned the remarkable story of Puig's stateside arrival in April 2014 for Los Angeles Magazine, weighed in on Tuesday's development involving Suarez:Suarez, 40, must relinquish possession of his house, a condo, multiple guns and a Mercedes-Benz automobile. Those big purchases stem from money Suarez received as a percentage of Puig's seven-year, $42 million Dodgers contract.Puig has found tremendous success in his first two seasons with the Dodgers. He's coming off his first All-Star selection in 2014 after hitting .296/.382/.480 with 16 ...


Alex Rodriguez to Be Full-Time Designated Hitter for New York Yankees

For now, Alex Rodriguez has one job: help the New York Yankees at the plate.  Despite the Yanks signing third baseman Chase Headley to a four-year deal, and despite A-Rod turning 40 in July and not having played since 2013, general manager Brian Cashman told The Associated Press Tuesday, via ESPN.com, the polarizing veteran will still play a significant role in 2015:  I can't expect Alex to be anything. I've got to think the worst and hope for the best. Even before the suspension, he wasn't the same player at third base on the defensive or offensive side. And that was before the suspension. And now he's been out of the game for a year. He's approaching 40 years of age. And just to automatically assume given his circumstances that he'll be able to plug right in, play third as an everyday guy and hold up and be productive, I think that would be ...


Gavin Floyd to Indians: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

The Cleveland pitching staff got a boost on Tuesday as the team signed right-handed starting pitcher Gavin Floyd.     The team announced the move on Twitter:Jordan Bastian of MLB.com has more details on the contract:Floyd, who suffered an elbow fracture last year while pitching for the Atlanta Braves, went 2-2 with a 2.65 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 45 strikeouts in 54.1 innings over nine starts. It was the second season he had cut short after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2013. The team clearly isn't worried about any lingering elbow issues, however.Cleveland's starting staff managed just 78 quality starts last season, tied for 11th in the American League, but it has a solid core in place that Floyd will reinforce. The club tweeted the expected rotation after the signing:Floyd should slide nicely into the rotation and will complement team ace Corey Kluber, along with the duo of Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer, each of whom ...


5 Available Players Still Within Reach of the Seattle Mariners

The list of potential fits to fill the Seattle Mariners' hole in right field seems to be shrinking by the day. Melky Cabrera, likely Seattle's top target, agreed to a three-year deal with the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, per Bruce Levine of 670 The Score. In addition, Alex Rios signed with the Kansas City Royals on Monday, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, which takes one more target off the board. That leaves a very thin remaining free-agent market for outfielders. General manager Jack Zduriencik said that Seattle may have to "get creative" to address the team's last weakness, via Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN. The Mariners could elect to stay in-house or even try to convert Brad Miller into an outfielder. They also may swing an unexpected trade, with names like Seth Smith and Gerardo Parra popping up recently as possible fits, per Paul Casella of MLB.com.  Even with the best outfielders already ...


Matt Joyce Traded to Angels for Kevin Jepsen: Latest Details and Reaction

The Los Angeles Angels have upgraded their already-potent offense by acquiring outfielder Matt Joyce from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for relief pitcher Kevin Jepsen.  Details of the trade were confirmed by the Angels on Twitter: The move does serve two purposes for the Angels. In addition to giving them more depth on the bench, the defending American League West champions have a solid insurance policy in the event that Josh Hamilton gets hurt. Joyce has been durable since 2011, playing at least 140 games in three of the last four years. Jonah Keri of Grantland likes the deal for both sides, as it gives the Angels' right-handed heavy lineup a solid left-handed weapon and the Rays get another power arm in their already-potent bullpen: Even though Joyce's OPS has declined in each of the last four years, from a high of .837 in 2010 to .732 last year, he's only had an on-base ...


MLB Rumors: Analyzing Trade Buzz on Cole Hamels, Justin Upton and More

The only downside of having so many things happen at the Winter Meetings last week is Major League Baseball didn't spread the wealth. Instead of free agents or teams waiting for a day or two in between all of their action, movement has been fairly quiet since everyone left San Diego.  However, just because the actual moves have slowed doesn't mean the chatter is dying down. Teams are still aggressively working the phones in pursuit of a prize that will hopefully result in a championship sooner than later.  Now is the time for teams to make their best pitch to acquire a premium talent via trade because the top-tier free agents, with the exception of Max Scherzer, are off the table. Scherzer's market hasn't taken off yet, nor is it likely to until agent Scott Boras decides he wants it to, so searching for answers now requires some maneuvering.  Here are the teams ...


Chris Capuano to Yankees: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

The New York Yankees have brought back veteran pitcher Chris Capuano on a one-year contract worth $5 million. Jack Curry of the YES Network passed along word of the deal: New York later confirmed the move via their Twitter account: The Yankees acquired Capuano from the Colorado Rockies ahead of the July trade deadline to bolster their rotation. He started 12 games down the stretch, going 2-3 with a 4.25 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. He struck out 55 batters in 65.2 innings. Those numbers are right in line with his career marks (4.28 ERA and 1.34 WHIP). While the left-hander doesn't represent a major signing, he brings versatility to the staff for a reasonable price. Exactly what role he'll play for New York in 2015 is undetermined. A lot will depend on how many more moves are on the horizon. As things stand now, he could start in the rotation and move to the bullpen ...


MLB Trade Rumors: Breaking Down Buzz on Ryan Howard, Justin Upton and More

With so many of the league's top free agents signed to big contracts, MLB teams still looking to make an offseason splash will likely have to do so via trade. The Los Angeles Dodgers set the bar fairly high with a frenzy of deals that netted them a sweet-looking double-play combo in Howie Kendrick and Jimmy Rollins, among other players. One might think that by mid-December, most teams are secure with their rosters and don't see the need for much tinkering, but the rumor mill suggests otherwise. Several notable names have found their way into the latest chatter from around the league. Here is a look at the buzz surrounding four players who just might be sporting new colors and crests in 2015. Ryan Howard The Philadelphia Phillies enjoyed a great deal of success over the past 11 seasons relying on the terrific trio of Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. However, the Phillies ...


Michael Morse to Marlins: Latest Contract Details, Reaction and Analysis

The Miami Marlins have reportedly reached an agreement with outfielder Michael Morse on a two-year deal. Joe Frisaro of MLB.com confirmed the signing was complete: Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports provided the financial details: Morse will now have played for five teams over the past four seasons. He's coming off a campaign where he posted a .336 on-base percentage with 16 home runs for the San Francisco Giants before playing a notable role in the team's World Series run. In terms of regular-season numbers, his breakout came in 2011. That's when he hit .303 with a .360 OBP and 31 homers for the Washington Nationals. He hasn't been able to replicate that production in the years that followed, but he boosted his value with the solid playoff showing. After the Giants captured the title, Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post passed along the slugger's comments about the crazy journey he's been on in recent years. "It's ...


Reassessing the Baltimore Orioles’ Offseason Plan and Breaking Down What’s Next

The 2014 winter meetings have come and gone, and for the Baltimore Orioles, no transactions occurred that could have improved the team aside from a few Rule 5 draft selections. The Orioles acquired right-handed pitcher Jason Garcia from the Houston Astros in exchange for cash considerations and also claimed right-handed pitcher Logan Verrett from the New York Mets. In subtraction, though, the Orioles lost lefty Scott Barnes to the Texas Rangers after he was claimed off waivers. Rule 5 selections have worked out for Baltimore in the past in the forms of utility infielder Ryan Flaherty and relief pitcher T.J. McFarland, but high expectations shouldn't be placed on this pair of incoming hurlers. The Orioles should instead be looking at other areas to fill some glaring needs. Per Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said he is looking for bullpen help and needs a left-hander to replace shutdown reliever ...


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